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  • Lindsey Kundel posted a new activity comment 1 year, 12 months ago

    Amen, Emily, amen! As a course team leader, I have experienced both a collaborative process and a cooperative process in planning the year for our students. And collaboration ALWAYS beats out cooperation (even if it is simpler) because, as your movie points out, “cooperation – collaboration = disunity.” I wonder how this will affect your course 5…[Read more]

  • When implementing passion projects, the most important lesson I’ve learned (and want to share with you) is that students must be free to learn…and FAIL.

    Without the ability to struggle, grow bored, change t […]

  • Lindsey Kundel posted a new activity comment 2 years, 2 months ago

    Laurie,

    I found your final project to be quite helpful as I begin to craft my final project reflection as well. In particular, the way you clearly spelled out which digital tools you used and whether it met the definition of “redefinition” really stood out to me as two areas in the post that I want to copy myself! I think you’re dead on that in…[Read more]

    • Thanks, Lindsey! I’m so glad it was helpful to you. I do think redefinition can mean different things for different roles and situations. The important thing is that we continue to look at ways to strengthen our practices to benefit student learning. I still have a long way to go, but I’m grateful for what I’ve learned along the journey so far!…[Read more]

  • Lindsey Kundel posted a new activity comment 2 years, 2 months ago

    That’s so great to hear. What are some of the projects that your kids have undertaken this year? Glad to “meet” you!

  • At the beginning of course 5, I thought this would be the easiest part of the course. Talking to people? Learning? Piece of cake!

    You can tell from this introduction that I was, quite obviously, wrong […]

  • Lindsey Kundel posted a new activity comment 2 years, 2 months ago

    Joel,

    I think you have accidentally written the COETAIL manifesto. I was reading this in my English department in Taipei, and, at certain times, I felt myself needing to share these your words with the people in the cubicles next to me. You’re right that many teachers, including myself, find it hard to share what we do in our classrooms. In…[Read more]

  • Lindsey Kundel posted a new activity comment 2 years, 2 months ago

    I love the line you quoted about how project based learning isn’t just about fun (even though learning can and should be fun); instead, it’s about encouraging the use of class time to help “students… [learn] how to learn.” This, to me, is the biggest selling point – but man do I hear you about the “reluctance.” I think in the past, even I was…[Read more]

    • Thanks for your comments Lindsey.

      One of the common themes that I have noticed throughout this course is the number of people who face reluctance from colleagues and admin with trying different approaches in their teaching.

      I am lucky that I work with a team who are all willing to try new approaches. As a year group we regularly sit down and…[Read more]

  • …that is the question!

    In other words…Passion Projects: Is this really the right name for what I’m attempting to do?

    When I looked up the word “passion” on Google, my stomach did a little dance. Passion is a […]

  • Lindsey Kundel posted a new activity comment 2 years, 2 months ago

    I love that you included the math about how much time you actually spent on this project with students. I am also trying to engage my journalism students (grades 9-12) in passion projects that will lead to some kind of writing and demonstration of their learning this semester — but man is it hard! I found myself nodding in agreement several…[Read more]

  • Lindsey Kundel posted a new activity comment 2 years, 4 months ago

    Oh my gosh, I’m so jealous — and inspired, Tricia! I would LOVE to start a professional book club at my school. Do you have any advice or suggestions about how best to start one? Is it just for teachers/administrators, or are students in on the fun, too?

    As for learning spaces, I’m sure you’ve seen/read about this before, but here it is in the…[Read more]

  • Yesterday, I applied to a doctoral program in educational technology.

    That was a surprisingly hard sentence to type. Let me try it again.

    Yesterday, I applied to a doctoral program in educational […]

  • I thought my COETAIL journey was over after the Course 4 final project. I know I didn’t tell you, dear cyberspace reader, but I gave up. I dropped out. I said I couldn’t do this anymore.

    The truth was a […]

  • Lindsey Kundel posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    Joel,

    Thank you for such a plethora of resources on game based learning. I feel like I am on the other side of the spectrum from you in terms of my experience with games and learning via play – but I really enjoyed all the links you had to share, especially because I want to tackle adding some game design into my classroom for the course 5…[Read more]

    • Thanks for your comment Lindsey. Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. It has been a long summer! How is your course 5 project going? I would be happy to help if I can!
      Cheers,
      Joel

  • Lindsey Kundel posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    Chris,

    Your last section of this post is powerful and resonates with me quite deeply, especially after finishing up my first year at the same school as you 🙂 I cannot tell you how many times I have made the mistake of assuming my 9th grade students know “x” or “y” about their Lenovo Yoga, Google Drive, OneNote or just how to create a folder on…[Read more]

  • Lindsey Kundel posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    Lauren – I LOVE the line about “Don’t flip a class: Flip a lesson”; it’s completely transformed how I saw flipped learning in that simple sound bite. I have many of the same fears that you do about letting go and turning some of the “lessons” into “homework” while doing the homework/practice together in class. I do some of this already because, i…[Read more]

  • For my Course 4 final project (and, eventually, the Course 5 culminating project), I hope to work on redesigning the journalism program at TAS. I am in a unique position for this project because, as the only […]

  • Lindsey Kundel posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    Woh. Megan – your link to screen time as a feminist issue gave me vertigo as I tried to wrap my brain around that new way of seeing things. Thank you for the link and the connection. Although I’m still a little dizzy from it (and I know I need to think more about it), I think that that author is on to something – and that it goes much further than…[Read more]

  • To Tech Break or Tech Brake? THAT is the question.

    A few weeks back, I mentioned that I was reading a book called Lit Up by David Denby. Actually, I think I waxed poetic about it and quoted the introduction […]

  • Lindsey Kundel wrote a new post, Badge Envy, on the site screen thinking 3 years ago

    Every Wednesday afternoon, I walked a little slower than usual out of Jackson Elementary. The girls with teal uniforms crowded around a table in the library resource room. I wanted that sash. I needed that sash. […]

  • I’m currently reading a book (for fun!) called Lit Up by a journalist named David Denby. He’s not an educator, nor does he claim to have educational expertise, but as an educator, I am completely enthralled by […]

    • Great post, Lindsey. I loved your quote: “I think that I resist gamification of learning because I have this lingering belief that learning shouldn’t be a game – it shouldn’t be fun; learning should be ‘serious.'” That is certainly a generational bias that I have as well–in fact, I think it’s dangerous because the parents of our students also think that way. I find it so hard to sell the idea of the Flipped Classroom to parents and colleagues, but it’s so easy to sell to the students. They find this approach motivating and yes, “fun”. But sometimes, it’s also difficult and challenging, which they accept more willingly than a difficult or challenging lecture, assignment or test.

    • Dear Lindsey,

      You summed it up beautifully using Denby’s quote, “A great novel heightens your senses and sensitivity to the complexities of life and of individuals, and prevents you from the self-righteousness that sees morality in fixed formulas about good and evil.” And your summary, “So, too, then can a great teacher awaken you to the complexity of life’s questions and provide you with the first (of many) resources to attempt to find answers for yourself.”

      In our fast paced profession we often treat ideas as all or nothing, rather than as a whole with parts. Your reminded me that we need to question and to be curious about the parts as much as we become curious about the whole (or the other way around).

      Your post makes me wonder about what elements of a Flipped Classroom make the most sense pedagogically? Under what conditions? Within what context? No longer an all-or-nothing but a when-if-so-that…

      We have quite a few teachers who took on to this idea a few years ago. What the “Flipped Classroom” looked like four years ago in Room #452 and what it looks like today in Room #452 is different- from everyone’s perspective. Would make for some great Case Studies.

      Thanks for making me think,
      Emily

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